The 2009 edition of the NHSaves catalog featured a two page article entitled “When Builders Build for Themselves,” a local firm demonstrates the benefits of green design and construction. At the time NHSaves went to press last year, Sullivan Construction, Inc. had applied for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). It is with great pride that Tom Sullivan announces that the company achieved LEED Platinum Certification for Commercial Interiors with 82 points in April 2010. Sullivan’s Bedford headquarters is the first office building in New Hampshire to achieve the designation.
Eversource collaborated with Sullivan during the building’s 2008 renovation, offering rebates to assist with the installation of high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems. In 2009, the first full year in which the company occupied the building, Sullivan’s annual energy and lighting costs were 30 percent less than they were before the renovation. And so far in 2010, the building is running on about 33 percent less energy than before the renovation.
Sullivan’s energy savings have been greater than anticipated, allowing the company to realize swift payback on its capital improvements. “We’re grateful to [Eversource] for offering energy efficiency rebates and partnering with us early in the project to develop a winning strategy for achieving a return on our investment,” said Tom Sullivan, president of Sullivan Construction Inc.
By awarding platinum certification, the council recognized Sullivan for its success in creating a sustainable site, conserving energy and improving the atmosphere, recycling materials and resources, improving indoor environmental quality and demonstrating design innovation.
Detailed information on the LEED program and project certification process is available from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at www.usgbc.org. The program outlines the intent, requirements, technologies, and strategies for meeting each credit. Credits are broken down into individual points, and a building requires at least 40 points for certification. Silver, gold, and platinum levels are also attainable.
LEED Certification Point Levels:
Certified 40 – 49
Silver 50 – 59
Gold 60 – 79
Platinum 80 – 110 Points
For group tours and to learn more about sustainable practices, please visit: www.sullivanconstruction.com